The definitive memoir of Arthur Millerthe famous playwright of The Crucible , All My Sons , Death of a Salesman , A View from the Bridge , and other plays Timebends reveals Miller’s incredible trajectory as a man and a writer.
Born in 1915, Miller grew up in Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s, developed leftist political convictions during the Great Depression, achieved moral victory against McCarthyism in the 1950s, and became president of PEN International near the end of his life, fighting for writers’ freedom of expression. Along the way, his prolific output established him as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth centuryhe wrote twenty-two plays, various screenplays, short stories, and essays, and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1949 for Death of a Salesman and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award in 1947 for All My Sons. Miller also wrote the screenplay for The Misfits, Marilyn Monroe’s final film.
This memoir also reveals the incredible host of notables that populated his life, including Marilyn Monroe, Elia Kazan, Clark Gable, Sir Laurence Olivier, John F. Kennedy, and Mikhail Gorbachev. Leaving behind a formidable reputation in the worlds of theater, cinema, and politics, Arthur Miller died in 2005 but his memoir continues his legacy.
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As a young man, Arthur Miller would mimic those around him. The walk, the talk, and even how men passed gas. He was self conscious of his big ears of which his uncle would yell out for him to pull them in when he passed through a tunnel. The cast of character in the world that grew up in became handy and he wrote his plays. He secret for great plays were "great drama is great questions or it is nothing but technique." When his play Death of Salesman first ran, no one applaud, some cried other saw their dad in it. This autobiography shares the vulnerable raw side of Miller. He delves into his relationship with Marilyn Monroe of which he commented to her the first time he spoke to her intimately "You're the saddest girl I've ever known." Of which she replied "Nobody ever said that to me!" The book has its ups and downs as Miller experiences successes and loses. This book Timebends: A Life is a perfect means to get inside a writer's mind, a man who created many timeless plays on the human condition.
He's from Brooklyn and his life is rife with references back to his boyhood there in and around neighborhoods where I grew up. ...Then there was Marilyn, and then his embattlement with McCarthy -- all of great interest to me, topped off by his notion of the world's workings, the randomness of it all, men and women struggling to make something of value in their lives and facing the futility of much that's gone before and lies ahead.20